Chiang Chung-ling (Chinese: 蔣仲苓; pinyin: Jiǎng Zhònglíng; 21 September 1922 – 18 March 2015) was a Taiwanese army general, former Minister of Defense and Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party).
|Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang|
18 June 2000 – 30 March 2003
|20th Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China|
16 December 1994 – 31 January 1999
|Preceded by||Sun Chen|
|Succeeded by||Tang Fei|
|17th Commander-in-Chief the Republic of China Army|
November 1981 – June 1988
|Preceded by||Hau Pei-tsun|
|Succeeded by||Huang Hsin-chiang|
|Born||September 21, 1922|
Yiwu County, Chekiang Province, Republic of China
|Died||March 18, 2015 (aged 92)|
Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
|Nationality||Republic of China|
|Awards||Order of Blue Sky and White Sun|
|Allegiance||Republic of China|
|Branch/service||Republic of China Army|
|Years of service||1936–1992|
|Battles/wars||Third Taiwan Strait Crisis|
As Minister of Defense, he called for the use of Sky Horse missiles to rival Chinese M-class missiles. Also, several high-profile military deaths occurred during his term as Minister of Defense. When being questioned by reporters outside the parliament on September 19, 1995, he replied with a rhetorical question, "哪個地方不死人?" ("Where do people not die?"). His reply caused a sensation and public condemnation, and finally he apologized on September 25, 1995.
After a C-130H military transport plane crashed on October 10, 1997, near Taipei, Chiang Chung-ling resigned as Minister of Defense on October 11 to take responsibility for the crash, in which all five crew members died.
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